Government & Economic Development

Feds OKs $1.8 million for health exchange helpers

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sending Indiana money to help the state's health care plan navigators sign up more residents through a federally run exchange.
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Harlan Bakeries plans $13M expansion in Avon

September 8, 2014
Jeff Newman
The company, one of Hendricks County's largest employers, said the expansion will help it retain 700 workers at its flagship plant
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U.S.-Japan group calls for finishing trade pact

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
Government officials from the United States and Japan called Monday for completion of an international trade agreement that they said would strengthen ties between the two allies and help both countries recover from their own economic struggles.
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Indianapolis council OKs public safety tax hike

September 8, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a 19-10 bipartisan vote, the Indianapolis City-County Council approved a hike in the public-safety income tax. The 43-percent increase will bring the total local income tax rate to 1.77 percent.
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Court order keeps suspension of vanity plate sales

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court says the Bureau of Motor Vehicles can continue suspending sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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Pence, other governors meet with Japanese trade officials

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
This year's goal for the Midwest U.S-Japan Association is to find opportunities for the Midwest's environmental, health and wellness sectors as the population of Japan and the U.S. states age.
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Treasury explores ways to limit profitability of overseas shifts

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries.
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Pence's pivot to the middle annoys far-right base

September 7, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Many in GOP circles are keeping close watch on the first-term governor, especially those on the far right who are showing signs of disillusionment.
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Indiana works to avoid record-low election turnout

September 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's top elections official and leaders of both political parties are turning to traditional and social media and door-to-door visits in hopes of getting more residents to vote in the November general election.
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Ideal owners needed for tricky north-side properties

September 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Size and age complicate the sale of several prominent structures in Boone and Hamilton counties.
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Noblesville pursues cultural district designation

September 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Noblesville is positioning itself to join an elite group of Indiana Cultural Districts—a state designation officials say should boost the city’s appeal and help drive economic development.
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Beer distributor Monarch stepping up booze push

September 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a campaign to enter the hard liquor business, Monarch Beverage Co. is pursuing a new tactic that takes aim at state regulators. Indiana’s largest beer distributor has accused the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission of letting politics influence its decisions.
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Taxi drivers settle with Speedway over confiscated licenses

September 5, 2014
Scott Olson
Under the agreement, drivers who had their licenses taken by police on the day of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 will receive a payment and assurances that the town won't take similar action on race days.
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Obamacare tax rule that split appeals courts gets rehearing

September 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
The full U.S. Court of Appeals will rehear a case on Obamacare tax subsidies, granting a government request in a move that may reduce chances of a new Supreme Court showdown over a central part of the law.
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Ex-Indiana Secretary of State White gets Internet show

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White might have been convicted of voter fraud, but he's getting his own Internet radio talk show.
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Lowe's seeks $500K tax break from city on customer center

September 3, 2014
Mason King
The home-improvement retail giant plans to hire 1,000 workers for the center at Intech Park on the northwest side. The jobs would pay an average hourly wage of about $16.
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Indiana blocks $78 million in wrongful tax refunds

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The state Department of Revenue says a special investigations unit discovered more than 39,000 returns relying on identity theft to falsely claim $39 million.
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Auto parts supplier plans Indiana factory, 253 jobs

September 3, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Tenneco Inc. announced Wednesday that work is underway preparing an existing 150,000-square-foot building in a Jeffersonville industrial park for the factory.
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UPDATE: Appeals court upholds state's right-to-work law

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
The split decision from a three-judge federal panel in Chicago leaves the matter with the Indiana Supreme Court, which is set to hear oral arguments later this week.
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Feds: AIT's Evans 'unjustly enriched' himself in sale to employees

September 2, 2014
J.K. Wall
Just three months before the parent company of AIT Laboratories was sold in 2009 to its employees for $90 million, it was appraised for $17.1 million, according to a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit.
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Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's gay marriage ban in the Constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.
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Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

August 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.
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Infighting bogs down digital billboards

August 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County is an untapped market for digital billboards despite years of lobbying by sign companies, and it’s not because of political opposition to the large, lighted signs. What’s holding back changes to the city code is industry feuding over the form of regulations that could determine their future market share.
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Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

August 30, 2014
Associated Press
With the school year underway, teachers are still scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state's new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of the new curriculum.
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Bosma removes Turner from leadership post-scandal

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has removed Rep. Eric Turner from his leadership team amid concerns over Turner's lobbying against a nursing home construction ban that would have impacted his family's business.
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